13 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

NYT: War Without End, Read Article>>

In the Viet Nam era, stories like this and television reporting on the war contributed to the end of the Viet Nam War in a time frame of much less than 17 years.

As deployment of the last 17 years only came to a sub set of young people, and TV and news rarely covered the searing violence of war, eschewing such content for minor content (Kardashians, Tweets, outrageous behavior), the daily violence and futility went “off stage”.

One is invited to read the daily post, “United States Wars, News and Casualties” and then watch the daily news on the U.S. TV Media.

The absence of U.S. War News is atrocious.

We need this daily report of our wars in our face………..Daily.

The McGlynn

Damn The War Criminals

The war criminals, Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry.

We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

The McGlynn


War News

REU: Thousands mourn Yemeni children killed by coalition air strike

SAADA, Yemen (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners gathered on Monday to bury dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen.

A pro-Houthi student carries her son as she demonstrates against Saudi-led coalition strikes, at Sanaa University campus in Sanaa, Yemen August 11, 2018. The placard reads: “Children of Yemen live under bombardment Where are those who advocate for humanity?” REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

At least 40 children were killed in Thursday’s raid which hit the bus as it drove through a market of Dahyan, a town in Saada, the armed Houthi group which controls the province said.

Cars bearing the logo of the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement transported the bodies, wrapped in white shrouds, from the hospital to a large square for prayers before heading to the graveyard, where rows of graves were dug on Friday.

People carried pictures of those killed as armed Houthi fighters managed the crowd attending the funeral.

“My son went to the market to run house errands and then the enemy air strike happened and he was hit by shrapnel and died,” said Fares al-Razhi, mourning his 14-year-old son.

“For my son, I will take revenge on Salman and Mohammed Bin Zayed,” he said, referring to leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates………………….The United States and other Western powers provide arms and intelligence to the alliance, and human rights groups have criticized them over coalition air strikes that have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

NOTE: BEIRUT (Reuters) – The number of people killed when an explosion ripped through a building thought to be storing weapons in rebel-held northwestern Syria has climbed to 69 including 17 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday.

The explosion happened in a residential building in the town of Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border on Sunday. Idlib forms part of the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

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ALJ: Report: Mass torture in network of UAE-run prisons in south Yemen

The existence of 27 sites used to torture and sexually abuse Yemeni detainees.

A report obtained by Al Jazeera alleges that detainees in a network of clandestine prisons set up by the United Arab Emirates across southern Yemen have been exposed to a host of brutal interrogation techniques that included physical and psychological torture.

The report – which was provided by Yemeni military figures who worked with the Saudi-UAE coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels – described scenes of sexual abuse by Emirati army personnel and their Yemeni surrogates.

Individuals endured rape at the hands of coalition forces and were subjected to electrocution in the genitals, chest and armpits.

Some detainees were hung in midair while being insulted and beaten, the report said.

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AP: Clues but no answers in one of Syria war’s biggest mysteries

DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland’s civil war.

One of Syria’s most well-known rights activists, she was bold, outspoken and defiantly secular. Perhaps most dangerously, she was impartial. She chanted in protests against President Bashar Assad, but was also unflinching in documenting abuses by rebels fighting to oust him.

Then she vanished.

Her fate has been one of the longest-running mysteries of Syria’s long conflict. There has been no sign of life, no proof of death since a cold December evening in 2013 when Zaitouneh, her husband and two colleagues were abducted by gunmen from her office in Douma, a rebel-held town on the outskirts of Damascus.

Five years later, bits of clues are emerging: a handwritten threat vowing “I will kill you;” a log-on from her computer after the kidnappers stole it from her office; possible sightings by witnesses and reports of graffiti on a prison cell wall reading, “I miss my mother — Razan Zaitouneh, 2016.”

The clues give strong indications that Zaitouneh was taken by the Army of Islam, the most powerful rebel faction in Douma at the time, and was then likely held in its feared Tawbeh Prison. The Army of Islam vehemently denies any role in her disappearance.

It is also likely she was killed, though how long after the abduction is unknown, several friends and colleagues told The Associated Press.

The small hope that she and the others were kept alive in detention was shaken in April, when Syrian government forces retook Douma. The Army of Islam’s fighters, their families and thousands of civilians were evacuated north in buses. Prisoners were released. But Zaitouneh and her colleagues did not surface.

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GUARD: Children among dozens killed by explosion at Syrweapons depot – reports

The blast in Sarmada killed three jihadists and many of their family members, according to UK-based monitor

An explosion at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in north-west Syria killed at least 39 civilians, including a dozen children, according to reports.

Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove rubble and extract people trapped in the two buildings flattened by the explosion in Sarmada in Idlib province on Sunday.

A civil defence source told AFP that rescue workers had pulled out “five people who were still alive”.

But the death toll rose as more bodies were retrieved from the rubble, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

Three members of the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were also killed, he said.

“The explosion occurred in a weapons depot in a residential building in Sarmada,” said Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on a network of sources inside Syria.

The cause of the blast was “not yet clear”, he added.

Most of those killed were family members of fighters from HTS, an alliance led by jihadists from Syria’s former al-Qaida affiliate, who had been displaced to the area from the central province of Homs.

A rescue worker carried the motionless body of a small child from the wreckage to an ambulance, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

White Helmet rescue workers attempted to lift part of a floor of one of the buildings with a tall crane, as three young boys watched on in silence, perched on a rock.

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NYT: Suicide Bomber Outside Afghan Election Office Kills at Least One: Official

KABUL — A suicide attacker detonated explosives near the office of Afghanistan’s election commission in the capital, Kabul, on Monday, where dozens of protesters had gathered, officials said.

At least one police official was killed and one officer was wounded.

The protesters had gathered in support of a parliamentary candidate who electoral officials had disqualified over his suspected links with “illegal armed groups”.

NYT: Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Key City for Fourth Day

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan forces battled the Taliban in a key provincial capital for the fourth straight day on Monday, following a massive assault on the eastern city last week that overwhelmed its defenses and allowed insurgents to capture several parts of it, officials said.

The assault on Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni province, was a major show of force by the Taliban, who infiltrated deep into this strategic city barely 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul.

The United States has sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces.

The multi-pronged attack on Ghazni began on Friday, with insurgents infiltrating people’s homes and slipping out into the night to attack Afghan forces. The fighting since has been ferocious and many Afghan troops and insurgents are believed to have died in the battle so far.

Few details have emerged from Ghazni since the Taliban destroyed a telecommunications tower on the city’s outskirts, cutting off all landline and cell phone links to the city and making it difficult to confirm details of the fighting.

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NYT: Taliban Kill More Than 200 Afghan Defenders on 4 Fronts: ‘a Catastrophe’

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan government forces lost more than 200 officers and soldiers in fighting over the past three days as Taliban insurgents launched sustained attacks on four different fronts.

The hardest-hit area was the southeastern city of Ghazni, where more than 100 police officers and soldiers had been killed by Sunday, a hospital official said, and the insurgents appeared to be in control of most of the strategic city aside from a few important government facilities.

Ninety miles west, in Ghazni Province, the Taliban seized control of the Ajristan District. The elite army commando unit that had been defending the district disappeared for two days, and their superiors were uncertain of their fate. When they found out on Sunday, estimates of the dead ranged from 40 to 100. Twenty-two survivors were carried to safety on donkeys by rescuers who found them lost in the mountains.

In Faryab Province, 250 miles to the northwest, an isolated Afghan National Army base of 100 soldiers lost more than half of its men in a Taliban assault that ended early Sunday morning. The defenders said they did not expect to last another night…………….Four days before his death, Captain Azam in Faryab spoke to a reporter by cellphone, his voice desperate and angry. “Since 20 days we are asking for help and no one is listening,” he said. “Every night fighting, every night the enemy are attacking us from three sides with rockets. We don’t know what to do.”

On Sunday, the reporter spoke by phone to Lieutenant Fahim, who said he expected a renewed attack Sunday night. “The Taliban are just on the other side of the wall,” the lieutenant said, weeping. “This may be the last time we speak.”

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More than 130 militants killed in joint Afghan-US airstrikes: Thunder Corps

The Afghan Military in the Southeast claims that more than 130 militants were killed during the joint airstrikes carried out by the Afghan and foreign forces in southeastern Ghazni province.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military said the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Ghazni province but did not elaborate further.

According to a statement released by the Thunder Corps, the Afghan and coalition forces carried out airstrikes on militants’ hideouts in Ghazni, leaving at least 139 dead.

The statement further added that two hideouts of the militants were also destroyed along with a vehicle during the same airstrikes.

This comes as sporadic clashes continue between the Afghan forces and the Taliban militants in the provincial capital of Ghazni province since Friday.

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Afghan forces and Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Faryab clashes

The Afghan forces and the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties during the clashes in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North confirmed that sporadic clashes continue between the two sides in Ghormach district.

According to a statement released by Shaheen Corps, at least 13 militants were killed and at least 11 others have sustaind injuries during the clashes so far.

The statement furhter added that five Afghan forces also lost their lives during the clashes while at least 7 others sustained injuries.

Shaheen Corps also confirmed that the Afghan forces have retreated from one of their outposts and sporadic clashes continue close to Chinese Camp.

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